Music is integral to the life of the Cathedral, and is inextricably woven into the Church’s liturgy. As Catholics, we have a musical heritage that is one of western civilization’s greatest treasures, and in the words of the Second Vatican Council is to be “preserved and cultivated with great care.” The Council also sought to promote “full, active, and conscious participation among the faithful.” At St. John Cathedral we seek to achieve both of these lofty goals.
Three musical ensembles offer three different opportunities for participation in worship. The Cathedral Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass on Sundays as well as for other holy days and diocesan events. The 5:00 Mass Ensemble sings at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday evenings and for other special occasions. The Cathedral Children's Choir sings periodically at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays and for other special occasions.
The Cathedral Choir sings music of a more traditional character is open to adults of all ages who demonstrate a good musical ear in a voice-placement audition with the Music Director. Membership in the Cathedral Choir is a serious ministry that demands commitment and dedication. If you are interested in becoming a member of this choir please contact the Director of Music. The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. from September through the Feast of Pentecost. New members are accepted in late summer, early January, and after Easter.
The 5:00 Mass Ensemble sings music of a more contemporary style which features piano, guitar, violin, djembe, and voice.
The Children's Choir rehearses for approximately half an hour each Sunday immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass during the school year whenever school is in session. All children in the parish are invited to participate in this new ministry. For more information, please contact the Director of Music.
Recordings of choral music by the Cathedral Choir are available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop in the Cathedral Center.
(Click on the images below to hear a sound file from each compact disc)